My girls love clothing that is comfortable and allows them to move, so leggings are a big favourite. I love coming up with ways to make them extra special, so I sewed up a few pairs incorporating a current trend: the tuxedo stripe.
To begin, choose a legging pattern that fits yourself or your child. I always love free, so I am using the free leggings pattern from Love Notions.
To begin, take your pattern piece and cut out both legs from your stretch fabric.
Find the middle, fold your fabric piece in half, and use chalk to mark the center on the right side of your fabric.
Take a 1″ strip of contrast fabric, and use glue stick to temporarily adhere it to the legging piece, following the center line. You don’t to finish the edges, because knits don’t fray.
hint: normally you want the strip to be cut parallel to the selvage edge. But, if you are buying some fabric just for this, it means that you’ll have a TON left over, so you can get away with buying 1/4 yard and cutting the strip across the grain.
Sew down your strip close to both edges and go on to sew up your leggings as per the instructions!
You can also use a woven fabric for the strip. Just cut it at 1.5″ wide and press under 1/4″ on each side to hide the raw edge.
This black pair is Lululemon knit (yay for my local fabric store!) with a gold knit fabric. for the stripe. You can often find fun fabrics in the dance section of your fabric store.
This burgandy pair is also Lululemon knit, but with a strip of faux stretch leather.
And the last pair is a pretty pink cotton lycra with a quilting cotton strip. It is hard to tell in the photo, but the pink has an iridescent shine to it.
These leggings are perfect for swirling…
…and just being goofy!
I’d love to see what you make with this tutorial, please join us in my lab group and show off your tuxedo leggings!
Which is your favourite pair?